19 March 1933
|Died||3 January 2021 87) (aged|
Shivaprakash, known by his screen name Shani Mahadevappa (19 March 1933 – 3 January 2021),   was an Indian actor who worked in Kannada cinema. Having made his acting debut on stage in the 1950s, he became popular for his portrayal of deity Shani in Shanishwara Mahatme. His film career began with Sri Dharmasthala Mahathme (1962) and was known for his portrayal of supporting characters, notably the poet Dindima in Kaviratna Kalidasa (1983). He appeared in over 400 films. 
Shani Mahadevappa was born on 19 March 1933 in Belakavadi, a village in the present-day Mandya district of India's Karnataka State (in erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore). His father Kenchappa worked as a contactor while also staging and acting in plays in his village. Mahadevappa was drawn towards it as a youngster, but lack of steady income led him to do menial jobs. He then joined Gubbi Veeranna's theatre company and later Kannada Theatres, another stage company,where he was paid ₹15 a month. His first gig as a stage actor came in the play Raja Vikrama, in which he played the role of deity Surya and then sage Vishvamitra in Satya Harischandra. However, it was performances as Shani in Shanishwara Mahatme that received widespread recognition, also drawing crowds from nearby states.   India's hitherto Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan were among those that watched the play. 
Mahadevappa made his film acting debut with Sri Dharmasthala Mahathme (1962) in which he played deity Brahma. His second appearance came years later with Bhageerathi (1968). During the period, he played mostly supporting roles. In Bangalore Mail (1968), he played a CID officer. In Bhakta Kumbara (1974), he played the saint Jnanadeva. His other appearances include films starring Dr. Rajkumar such as Hasiru Thorana (1970), Bangaarada Manushya (1972), Daari Tappida Maga (1975) and Shankar Guru (1978) among others. Mahadevappa's portrayal of poet Dindima in Kaviratna Kalidasa (1983) was well received. 
Mahadevappa died from complications of COVID-19 in Bengaluru on 3 January 2021, aged 88.  He was survived by a son and daughter. 
Singanalluru Puttaswamaiah Muthuraj, better known by his stage name Dr. Rajkumar, was an Indian actor and singer who worked in Kannada cinema. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema and a versatile actor, he is considered a cultural icon and holds a matinée idol status in the Kannada diaspora, among whom he is popularly called as Nata Saarvabhouma, Bangarada Manushya, Vara Nata, Gaana Gandharva, Rasikara Raja, Kannada Kanteerava and Rajanna/Annavru. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1983 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995. He is the only lead actor to win National Award for singing. His 35 movies have been remade 58 times in 9 languages by 34 actors making him the first actor whose movies were remade more than fifty times and the first actor whose movies were remade in nine languages. He was the first actor in India to enact a role which was based on James Bond in a full-fledged manner. The success of his movie Jedara Bale is credited to have widely inspired a Desi bond genre in other Indian film industries. On the occasion of the "Centenary of Indian Cinema" in April 2013, Forbes included his performance in Bangaarada Manushya on its list of "25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema". Upon his death, The New York Times had described him as one of India's most popular movie stars.
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Singanalluru Puttaswamaiah Muthuraj, better known by his stage name Dr. Rajkumar, was an Indian actor, singer and producer who worked in Kannada cinema. Through his over five-decade long career of over 200 films, he was regarded one of the most pivotal and influential figures of the Kannada film industry. His films were praised for acting as a bridge between the popular and art films because of the theme of the story and their treatment. He debuted as a child actor in the 1942 Kannada film Bhakta Prahlada. His first role as an adult came in Sri Srinivasa Kalyana (1952) and as a lead, two years later, in Bedara Kannappa, which gave him stardom. He debuted as a singer with the track Om Namaha Shivaya from the 1956 film Ohileshwara. In 1960, he made his debut as a producer by producing Ranadheera Kanteerava. According to Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen in the book Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, Ranadheera Kanteerava was the first "big hit" in Kannada cinema. In a film career spanning fifty years, Rajkumar received eleven Karnataka State Film Awards, including nine Best Actor and two Best Singer awards, eight Filmfare Awards South, and one National Film Award. Along with Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh, he is counted in Kannada cinema's "triumvirate" as its most celebrated actor.
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Karaganahalli Subbaraya Ashwathanarayana was an Indian veteran actor who appeared in Kannada films He appeared in over 370 films during his five-decade-long career. His only memorial in the whole of Karnataka, India is in the Kengeri satellite town, Bengaluru. Memorial name - "K. S. Ashwath Memorial Children's Park".
Jadalathimmanahalli Krishnappa Srinivasa Murthy, known popularly as Srinivasa Murthy, is an Indian actor and television director. He is mostly known for his work as a director having made many television series in Kannada, beginning in 2001, based on the lives of various Kannada philosophers and poets, and adaptations of the works of popular Kannada writers. As an actor, he is known for his work in Kannada cinema, appearing often in supporting roles. He began his career as a stage artiste in both professional and amateur theatre, before taking to films in 1977.
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